Multi-Resource Analysis—Methodology and synthesis

Circular 1442
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This document introduces the Multi-Resource Analysis (MRA), a set of products that are being designed to integrate information on multiple natural resources in a region, combine that information with models of resource interrelationships and scenarios of change, and provide meaningful insights on the implications of those changes to people and the resources they value. The MRA builds from and enhances a wide range of existing U.S. Geological Survey assessment products. These enhancements will help natural resource managers better understand the connections among the resources they manage and the changes that might occur due to natural events and human decisions. This knowledge will help them identify solutions to landscape-scale management issues that best meet their objectives. MRA products are developed through a structured process that brings together scientists, decision makers, and other stakeholders to address relevant issues and decisions for a specified geographic region, ensuring that the analysis is directly relevant. This circular introduces the MRA, describes the envisioned process for developing a region-specific MRA, and discusses the various MRA components and products. The MRA process and products are shown through descriptions and examples drawn from two proof-of-concept studies and related work.

Suggested Citation

Jenni, K.E., Pindilli, E., Bernknopf, R., Nieman, T.L., and Shapiro, C., 2018, Multi-Resource Analysis—Methodology and synthesis: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1442, 81 p.,

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Multi-Resource Analysis Process
  • Development of Multi-Resource Analysis Components
  • Potential Next Steps
  • References
  • Figure Credits
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Multi-Resource Analysis—Methodology and synthesis
Series title Circular
Series number 1442
ISBN 978-1-4113-4236-1
DOI 10.3133/cir1442
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Science and Decisions Center
Description v, 81 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
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